Posted by Sandra on June 1, 2014
Two members of Girlguiding Cornwall, Amy Behn and Laura-Marie Miucci, visited St.James Palace to be presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards and brooches. Amy reports:
"On the 8th May 2014 me and Laura-Marie Miucci attended our Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards ceremony at St.James Palace to collect our certificates. We met the Duke of Edinburgh himself (Prince Philip) when he spoke to everyone in small groups. We then had our certificates presented to us by Sally Gunnell, a gold Olympic athlete. The day was very enjoyable and it reflected on all the hard work we had put into the award. It is such a great award to undertake as it introduces you to new skills and sports as well as sparing some time to volunteer in the community. I wanted to learn to drive so chose this as my skill, I was already learning to improve my swimming as I enjoyed the sport and I chose to continue volunteering at my local Brownie group of 1st Treviscoe brownies where I achieved my leadership award to become an assistant Brownie Leader. Laura also volunteered with her Brownie group as part of her volunteering section and we were in the same expedition group where we decided to hike in the Brecon Beacons. The expedition was tough as we were faced with heavy rain and extreme heat.
For my residential section I helped out at last year’s service camp which was really rewarding - it gave the children a holiday to remember. Any level of the Duke of Edinburgh award is achievable if you are determined. I would definitely recommend undertaking this award as it gives you great teamwork and leadership skills as well as meeting lots of new people and it's recognised nationally."